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SHC and East Bridgewater YMCA partner to open Healthy Living Center

Friday, March 8, 2019

Group at opening of the Healthy Living Center

Signature Healthcare and the Old Colony YMCA’s East Bridgewater Branch have collaborated to establish a Healthy Living Center at 635 Plymouth Street. The center will bring together medically integrated programs between Signature Healthcare and the YMCA with the goal of helping individuals achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. 

A Signature Healthcare Health Coach will be positioned at the YMCA and will partner with YMCA members to encourage positive health choices and help members improve their overall health. The Health Coach will provide an initial assessment which will include a biometric screening.  Upon the results of the initial assessment, the Health Coach will make recommendations for programs or services that will improve a patient’s health, such as programs at the YMCA or referrals to primary care providers or specialists at Signature Healthcare.   

Members will routinely meet with the Health Coach and work on short term goals and behavior changes leading toward an improved state of health. The Health Coach will also occasionally provide reassessments to evaluate progress and determine future goals. The coaching partnership will continue for as long as 6 months to 1 year.

“Wellness is one of our top priorities at Signature Healthcare, for our employees, patients and the community,” said Kim Hollon, President & CEO of Signature Healthcare. “When we help raise the overall health of individuals, everyone benefits, and as a community-based healthcare delivery system, collaboration with a local organization like the YMCA is a perfect complement to our goal of empowering patients to take control of their health.” 

The national Y organization, YMCA of the USA, has seen other local organizations open Healthy Living Centers with area hospitals/health systems. Members of Signature Healthcare and the Old Colony YMCA had the opportunity to visit the partnership between YMCA of Florida’s First Coast and Baptist Health.  Leaders from the organizations witnessed how the Healthy Living Centers were positively impacting the health of the local communities and are optimistic about bringing this program to the Greater Brockton area. 

“This is not only a great opportunity for the Y and for Signature Healthcare, but for the community as a whole,” explained Vincent Marturano, President & CEO of Old Colony YMCA.  “Partnerships like this are really designed to provide the best possible service to everyone who comes to our doors.  YMCAs across the country have been promoting health and wellness for more than a century, and we share many of the same core values as Signature Healthcare.  It’s a great fit and we can’t wait to get started.”

About Signature Healthcare: 
Signature Healthcare is multi-specialty, not for profit hospital and physician group comprised of Brockton Hospital and Signature Medical Group, which is made up of more than 150 physicians practicing in 18 ambulatory locations. Signature Medical Group acts as a patient’s medical home, working with them to coordinate all their healthcare needs, as well as provide access to evidence based patient care and education and self-management support. We are one of the only not-for-profit community based healthcare delivery systems in Southeastern MA providing the full range of high quality primary care, specialty care, hospital care and related ancillary services on a coordinated basis delivered at a low cost. We are an affiliate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical Faculty Physicians at BIDMC and the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. Signature Healthcare is continuously recognized for the quality care patients experience when visiting with our doctors and nurses. Some of our most recent awards include being named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission, receiving a national hospital safety score “A” rating as well as a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, being noted as a Top Hospital by US News & World Report, as well as winning a Women’s Choice Award for America’s Best Breast Centers as well as Top 100 Healthiest Workplaces in America.  Visit:  

About Old Colony YMCA:
At the Y, strengthening communities is our cause.  We offer affordable child care and camp to families, anti-gang programs for at-risk youth, health and fitness programs for families, workforce development, mental health and substance abuse services through our licensed clinic, and numerous other services and programs that promote healthy spirit, mind, and body.  Founded in 1887, the Old Colony YMCA is a non-profit charitable organization serving more than 140,000 people annually in communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts through eleven branches located in Brockton, East Bridgewater, Easton, Middleboro, Plymouth, Stoughton, and Taunton.  

Learn more about Old Colony YMCA:
Pictured in the photo, from left to right:
Joyce Dwyer, Executive Vice President, Branch Operations and Healthy Living, Old Colony YMCA
Kendall Bennett, Business Data Analyst, Old Colony YMCA
Kathleen Nelson, Director Population Health, Signature Healthcare
Lauren Bartell, Executive Director, Association Healthy Living, Old Colony YMCA
Jackie Gagnon, RN, Healthy Living Center Health Coach, Signature Healthcare
Bill Clay, Chair, Old Colony YMCA East Bridgewater Board of Governors, Walker-Clay, Inc.
Vincent Marturano, President & CEO, Old Colony YMCA
Kim Hollon, CEO  & President, Signature Healthcare
Joe Leaver, Vice President, East Bridgewater YMCA Branch
Nicole Farnsworth, Wellness Together Health Coach, Signature Healthcare
David Fisher, Vice President Corporate Services, Signature Healthcare
Danielle Stockus, Wellness Together Coordinator, Signature Healthcare
Brenda Curry-McKeon, Nurse Practitioner, Population Health Coordinator, Signature Healthcare